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The Supermanager: A Short Story About the Secrets of an Extremely Successful Manager Paperback – April 2, 2011
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By Greg Blencoe
Copyright 2011 Greg Blencoe
Price $2.99 Kindle Edition
I love books that make sense. I like books that get to the point, that capture the very essence of the message that they want to deliver. Greg Blencoe's book does exactly that. If you want to know how to be a great manager in about an hour then you have to read this book. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying that this book oversimplifies the process of becoming a great manager, no not at all, but what I am saying is that everything you need to know about becoming a great manager is right here in this short book.
The book contains seven principles for what it takes to be a great manager and if you learn and practice these principles on a regular basis, you can't miss; you will become a great manager.
The first chapter titled "Surround yourself with High-Quality employees contains a slogan/axiom that is so powerful that I've already stolen it and used in in one of my columns, that advice is "hire for attitude and train for skill" this is probably the most important thing in the book. You have to understand that skills than be taught while attitude, well that's just there. You either have it or you don't.
The next six chapters cover each one of the other principles you need to be a great manager from training to communication, to leading by example, to listening to your employees to praising and finally to understanding that every employee is different and has to be managed as such.Read more ›
THE SUPERMANAGER by Greg Blencoe is one of the latest of business allegories which focuses on team building and first time leadership roles. In this book, Andrew Hernandez reflects back on the lessons his mentor, Leon Cook had taught him years earlier that helped him build a successful career in management. At the age of 22, fresh out of college, Andrew found himself thrown into a management role with no idea how to build and maintain a successful team. A chance meeting with a successful restaurant owner would be a turning point in Andrew's career and life. Andrew reaches out to the restaurant owner for guidance and Leon Cook is happy to mentor the young manager. The story takes us through the seven management lessons Leon lived by.
This is a diminutive book of under 100 pages and is a quick read. I read it during a 2 hour flight. That is my only knock on this book.Read more ›
The book is written in short story form. A young, entry level manager quickly becomes overwhelmed in his new position. At lunch he encounters a successful fast food restaurant manager and is smart enough to reach out to him for advice. Over the next week or so, the fast food manager takes the young man through a series of lessons corresponding to the seven principles below:
-Surround yourself with high quality employees
-Train employees well
-Communicate the end result your want, then empower employees to achieve it
-Lead by example
-Listen to employees
-Praise good work
-Manager each employee differently
Stories are great learning tools. Wrapping the 7 principles around a story allows the author to easily support the principles with practical examples, and it makes for a more engaging and memorable read.
Supermanager can be read in under an hour, but it's probably best if read in small chunks (a chapter a day), so the concepts can be fully absorbed and the reader can learn at the same pace as the character in the book.
Once the principles are learned and put in practice, this is a book that managers should return to frequently to ensure they remain on the right track.
Nick McCormick, Author, "Acting Up Brings Everyone Down"
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As the power of story-telling takes adage over any other methods of adjudication of value to learning, the author Greg Blencoe has tried his bit to make this piece of work so... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bishwabandita Guru
The SuperManager is a short book and a great read. It’s rich with easy-to-understand allegories for business-minded people. Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Kantola
The Supermanager is a quick, helpful, and well written read for all people managers. Greg Blencoe's advice is practical, easy to understand, simple to implement, and will lead to... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Louis Efron
The Supermanager is a short read that provides managers with 7 essential skills.
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Cute little book.
It is written "story" style with a fictitious new manager learning the secrets of management. Read more
I got a new Kindle and quickly started downloading a bunch of apps and books. I downloaded this book and realized it wasn’t for me. It bored me very quickly. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Morgen
I was a little apprehensive when I first purchased this book, but it turned out to be one of the better books on management that I have seen in a long time. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Carl Cogdill
When it comes to communicating your message, storytelling is one of the most effective vessels you can use to impart your ideas to your audience. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by CDNpapa
Greg Blencoe's book, The Supermanager is both a quick read and a handy reference book for those who want to start their management careers off on the right foot. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by GwynT